Browsing "Spices"

Spices are such magical things. They are dried seeds, fruits, flower buds, flower stigmas, or bark that provide wonderful flavors and/or colors to food. Many even offer medicinal properties. Humans long ago discovered the importance spices play in making food taste better. What once was a rare and expensive luxury can now be found at any local grocer for just a few dollars.

Here I will review my favorite "less common" spices, where they come from, what they taste like, and what they are used for. I will also discuss practical uses and alternative substitutions for them.

Focus Ingredient: Onion Powder and Garlic Powder

Focus Ingredient: Onion Powder and Garlic Powder

If I have a “secret” ingredient in my cooking, it has to be Onion Powder.  This is a must have […]

Jun 6, 2011     8 Comments
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Focus Ingredient: Dried Chilies

Focus Ingredient: Dried Chilies

Dried chilies are the quintessential ingredient in Mexican cuisine, namely because they originated in the Americas. However, dear old Christopher […]

May 28, 2011     1 Comment
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Focus Ingredient: Star Anise

Focus Ingredient: Star Anise

Star Anise History and Uses Star Anise is one of my absolute favorite spices. It comes from the seed pod […]

May 15, 2011     1 Comment
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